Wholesale Hair Vendors: What You Should Know!

Everyone is looking for the best wholesale hair vendors in China, India, Atlanta, and around the world.

What about you? Do you know how to find a wholesale vendor?

- If you have any wholesale or hair questions, just leave them in the comments below!

Having a good supply of human hair extensions is going to be a crucial part of your hair business. In this article, we are going to go over what people are currently looking for, what you should be looking for, and possibly how Private Label Wholesale can help.

The goal of Private Label Wholesale was to take the benefits of working with an overseas vendor and combining it with a USA based vendor to create a winning hair supply solution.

Let's break this down step-by-step so that you can make your own vendor decisions.

  1. What Are People Looking For in a Wholesale Hair Vendor?
  2. What Types of Human Hair Are Sold By Hair Vendors?
  3. Is Raw Hair Worth the Cost?
  4. Why is Wholesale Human Hair, Virgin Hair, and Remy Hair So Popular?
  5. How Do I Find a Wholesale Hair Vendor?
  6. How Do I Send Payments to Purchase Wholesale Hair?
  7. Should I Order Hair Samples?
  8. Why Should I Consider Private Label Wholesale As My Hair Vendor?

wholesale bundles

(50" Raw Bundles We Keep at the Private Label Extensions Office)

What are People Looking for in a Wholesale Hair Vendor?

Every day people are on the hunt for two types of hair vendors.

These are the top 5 most popular types of hair people are looking for:

  • Wholesale Vendors for Virgin Hair
  • Wholesale Mink Hair Vendors
  • Wholesale Vendors for Brazilian Hair
  • Wholesale Human Hair Vendors
  • Wholesale Raw Hair Vendors

The "mink hair" still kills me, but we can talk about that more later in the article.

Looking for "human hair," "virgin hair," and "raw hair" makes more sense as this is what you should be interested in selling.

Others are looking for wholesale vendors in a particular area.

These are the top 5 categories hair entrepreneurs are looking for:

  • Wholesale Hair Vendors in India
  • Wholesale Hair Vendors in Atlanta
  • Wholesale Virgin Hair Vendors in China
  • Wholesale Hair Vendors Near Me
  • Wholesale Hair Vendors in the USA

You will find many people are looking for overseas hair vendors, but Atlanta is one of the meccas of hair weave, so it's obviously on the list. 

Hair Vendor Guangzhou

(This is a photo I took while visiting the hair vendors in Guangzhou, China)

What Types of Human Hair are Sold by Hair Vendors?

Let's look back at the first category that describes the types of wholesale hair people are looking for.

For the most part, you are going to find two types of human hair sold in the wholesale market. Within those two types of hair, they will be further broken down based on the overall quality and the price.

Let's take a look at what those two types of hair consist of and some of the cost factors involved with them.

Wholesale Raw Hair

  • Origin of the raw hair
  • The ratio of short strands in the raw hair bundles/closures/frontals
  • Type of weft construction

Wholesale Human Hair

  • Origin of the human hair
  • Machine Remy or other types of processing
  • Dyed hair
  • The ratio of short strands (single drawn/double drawn)

These are just some of the basics when talking to a manufacturer about hair quality.

wholesale hair bundles

(Having a good variety of curl pattern options is always a win!)

When you have a better understanding of these terms, you can better identify the actual quality level of the hair; you need to support your client base. Everyone says they want raw hair until they have to pull out their wallet and pay for it. Although it's always going to be the best quality.

The top countries raw hair sold in the market is sourced from:

  1. India (probably 80%)
  2. China
  3. Vietnam
  4. Burma/Myanmar
  5. Mongolia
  6. Philipines

I listed the raw hair sources above from the most volume to least volume by my estimates.

Depending on the country, the hair will be a little different. 

popular hair vendor map

(Map illustrating some of the most popular places people search for hair vendors)

Is Raw Hair Worth the Cost?

Raw hair extensions, wigs, closures, and frontals are the top quality products found in the market. But if you are thinking about selling unprocessed hair, make sure you understand the products are going to be much more expensive than selling the "normal bundles" that everyone currently buys. 

Raw hair only makes up about 5% of the hair sales on Private Label Wholesale, Private Label Extensions, Dropship Bundles, and Dropship Beauty, which supply over 10,000 hairstylists, hair entrepreneurs, and business owners.

I am not saying you shouldn't sell raw hair, just understand it's an exceptional market for it and generally for clients that don't mind spending big bucks!

Is raw hair worth the cost?

It depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your hair goals.

If you are looking to color raw 1b hair bundles to a 613 blonde or 60 platinum, it's highly suggested to have raw hair for the best results. 

Want to re-install your bundles a few times or last a few years?

Raw hair is your choice.

Want to do a quick weave? Change your sew-in every month and don't want to worry about the hair?

Use the standard human hair. This is what MOST people do, but not all.

wholesale wigs

(Wholesale wigs with some a pop of color)

What are some Raw Hair Tips for my Hair Business?

I want to quickly go over a few raw hair tips so that you have some additional knowledge about these products and what to look for.

For example, the raw wavy and raw curly hairs from India are some of the best sold on the market because it's the natural state of the hair. 

If you get raw hair sourced from China, it will need to be steamed curled. It's not a bad thing, but it's just not as good as the real deal. 

*Warning - The supply of wavy and curly hair from India has become much more difficult to source. Many Indian hair vendors are now steaming the hair to wavy and curly patterns and selling it as 100% unprocessed.

The trend is to have soft and silky hair, but it's a personal preference as to how well you want the extensions to match your natural hair. 

Our favorite raw hair course ratings are as follow:

Should my hair business sell raw hair? 

Having a raw hair option for your hair business is always a good idea. Dropshipping raw hair is a great option because the holding cost of inventory can be very expensive for one individual business unless they have a high volume of sales.

Wholesale Raw Hair

(Beautiful Bundles of Raw Vietnamese Hair)

Why is Wholesale Human Hair, Virgin Hair, Remy Hair, so Popular?

Do you see I used a lot of terms in the question above? MOST of the time, these terms are being used to describe the same thing or a variation of a hair product.

A lot has changed over the years as far as the manufacturing and production of human hair weave, and wigs. 

Do you remember when processed hair smelled like corn chips?

This was mostly Pre-2015 when the smell of hair was a huge problem. 

Now, the way the hair is processed is different. Today, a process called Machine-Remy is used to align the cuticles of the hair.

Previously, manufacturers would give hair an acid bath that would strip the hair strands of their cuticles. This would reduce the chances of tangling once the weave or wig has been installed but destroy the integrity of the hair and also make it smell bad.

Today, the hair is soaked in a conditioner to soften the strands, and then a machine is used to re-align the hair cuticle to all be running in the same direction. 

This has really changed the game for hair vendors to offer a quality product at such a low price. Now the cost for a good quality bundle or human hair wig can be very affordable.

A woman can now change their hair almost weekly and still not break the bank. Having a selection of human hair wigs in their closet is becoming the norm. Back in the early 2000s to early 2010s, women were spending $100 - $200 bundles and $2500 for a wig. Now, this is a rare occurrence. 

How have things in the hair industry changed?

As a wholesale client, you can now pick up beautiful bob wigs made with human hair for under $60 bucks! Most of our clients are selling these between $125 - $250 without customization. That is way cheaper than the selling price of wigs from over a decade ago.

Now that we have gone over the basics of the hair quality for extensions and wigs let's go over more about vendors.

How do I Find a Wholesale Hair Vendor?

There are thousands of wholesale suppliers in the world!

Here are the Top-5 ways you can find a wholesale hair vendor:

  1. Google - Just search and go.
  2. Alibaba - Keep your fingers crossed.
  3. Hair Vendor Lists - A compilation of Google searches and Alibaba.
  4. Referrals - Although many hair business owners don't like to share their vendor info.
  5. Social Media - Once you are in the industry, you will be bombarded by sales associates on Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp.

You are going to have to find out what works best for you as far as finding the perfect hair vendor.

hair vendor meetings

(Meeting with hair vendors often involves hot tea even on blistering hot days)

Most of our wholesale hair clients for Private Label Wholesale have found us via our Hair Business Facebook Group or one of our sister websites. We have been helping clients start and supply their hair businesses since 2014, so we also usually pop up in Google when looking to start a hair company.

You need to do your research to make sure you are working with a reputable hair company and sales representative.

Why I block all Chinese Hair Vendors on Social Media when they Contact Me

It gets frustrating!

Did you get a message on Instagram for a Chinese hair vendor? 

Your entire following probably did too! We don't recommend vendors with these types of sales tactics. 

That's right; there are huge teams of sales associates that will reach out directly to you or your hair company. I understand it's just sales. The big problem for you is they are also going to message every one of your followers as well. 

I have personally been to these sales offices in China. I have watched dozens of women on their cell phones using a VPN (changes the location of your IP address so you can be on social media in China as it's not allowed) to be able to contact people in the USA.

Hair Vendor Messages

(Watch out for these companies that will also reach out to all your followers!)

Many new sales associates in China will do everything possible to get a sale. That includes directly reaching out to your clients. 

Anytime one of these sales associates follows one of our business Instagram pages, we immediately block them so they can find and reach out to our customers.

I advise you to do the same!

How Do I Send Payments to Purchase Wholesale Hair?

Different vendors will accept various types of payments. The most important thing is to be 100% safe with your money because it's easy to get scammed by an overseas business. 

They know you are not hopping on a flight to China to find them, and even if you did get on that flight, the odds of catching someone would be very slim.

The top 5 most common payment methods wholesale vendors accept: 

  • Bank Wire Transfer
  • Western Union
  • PayPal
  • AliPay
  • Credit Card

You really have NO protection when sending payments via Bank Wire Transfer and Western Union. If you send the funds and they don't send the hair, you are basically out of luck.

Paying safely via PayPal, AliPay, or Credit Card is a good idea, but some vendors will charge you an additional fee between 3% - 5% to do so. 

Buying $2,000 worth of wholesale hair and have to pay a 5% fee? That would cost you $100 and can add up. This fee is also calculated on the shipping cost.

Sending payments via the safer methods can be great, but you are also paying for that safety. 

What payments does Private Label Wholesale take, and how much are the additional fees?

We take PayPal and Credit Card payments with NO ADDITIONAL FEES as we have negotiated such a low rate with our processors. It's one of the advantages of being a hybrid USA/CHINA vendor.

hair model wearing a blonde bob

(This is NOT how to send money to China. It's just a great photo from a Private Label, Photoshoot!)

Should I Order Hair Samples?

Yes, it's always a good idea to order some samples of hair before making a more significant purchase. 

Our Sample Kit is loved by clients!

hair sample kit

Doing so will give you a better idea if you are going to like the exact style & quality of hair offered at a price. Remember, it's always at that price.

As mentioned above, there are many different factors in the pricing and quality of the hair. Some you wouldn't realize without being an expert.

The opinions of hair will always vary. I can honestly say we have had so many Dropshipping clients tell us that they ordered hair from Private Label Extensions. Didn't like it. Then ordered from our Dropshipper, and loved the hair. 

It's 100% the same hair! Every time. Different people will have mixed emotions and feelings about a product.

Why Should I Consider Private Label Wholesale as My Hair Vendor?

Private Label Wholesale is a unique hair vendor that leverages the manufacturer relationships in China and mergest them with the technology and service in the USA.

Some of the Wholesale key benefits are:

  • Easily place wholesale orders safely online.
  • Use a recognized payment system like PayPal or Credit Card.
  • USA based customer service team.
  • Get access to our monthly Wholesale Days.
  • 100% proven products and trusted team.
  • Easy returns & exchanges sent to Atlanta, not China!
  • A growing variety of products and services.

Our team takes the feedback from our thousands of clients to always find ways to better perfect our system. Every 1% of improvement is important to us.

 


30 comments


  • Kendra Hinron

    This is a good article. It’s very helpful. Especially with me just getting into the business. I didn’t know half of this. Thank you!


  • dee32cat

    Great article!


  • dee32cat

    Thanks for sharing this great information. Very educational. I think this is a beautiful view of PL giving back to the community and helping to teach other African American entrepreneurs. Kudos. I love the article and I feel informed and empowered because of it. THANKS!


  • Earker

    Are the Clip & Tape In extensions available in the wholesale program? If yes please send price sheet. Thank You


  • Sascha Boujetto

    Hhmph!!! And we thought we knew hair! Mikey you are bringin it!! Re-educate Re-wind and RE-BOOT! Not so good at virtual class learning due to special requirements to access information due to learning challengesbut not giving up! I will continue to work my business.
    Sascha


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